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Old 05-16-2011, 10:23 PM   #16
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I run Heidenau's front and rear and I'm very surprised and pleased with their on and off road performance. That said, I also have a 3.5x18 rear and a 1.85x21 front so availability isn't a problem.

I haven't taken them on serious single track but I do expect the front to wash/plow a bit when I get there.

Like many stated before, there's just no perfect tire for squeezing max performance from the bike on both surfaces short of running two sets of wheels.

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Old 05-16-2011, 10:26 PM   #17
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I'm pretty much in the same boat. I have used the Battlewings, TKC's and E-09's and have all but given up trying to get K60's. I just installed a new set of TKC's.

IMO, they are best suited all round tire I have used on this bike; the trade off being cost and durability. They stick to the asphalt remarkably well and offer satisfactory off road performance. I would say their performance shortcomings are more apparent off road than on depending on your riding style. It is often noted that they get squirrelly at very high speeds, but then again, they are only rated to 160kph.
The E-09's, at almost half the cost are great for a more off road oriented rider. I find the rear significantly better than the tkc, especially in mud and wet singletrack, while the front only marginally better. Road performance however, is pretty limited. The braking performance of the front is surprisingly bad, and they don't like wet asphalt. I don't have nearly the confidence in the corners as I do with the tkc's.

I go with the theory that I would rather burn up an overly knobby tire on the street, than be underprepared for a spontaneous off road jaunt and smash up the bike.

Here is the best spirited riding on a tkc photo I have. While I cannot claim that this photo reflects some peg dragging action, I would say it is pretty close.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:43 AM   #18
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The Shinko 700 is a fabulous DS tire and is very cheap... combined with a Shinko 705 rear, it's a good combo for high mile 25/75 riding, great on pavement and in rain too.
Checking these out now.

What are some more 25/75 tires? I am actually ordering new tires this week.
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:22 PM   #19
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Now we are getting somewhere! Nice photos Green / Chi. Lets see some more leaned over action on 50/50 or so... or worn tires near the sidewalls!
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:35 PM   #20
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:42 PM   #21
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FAIL

Hmmm, I guess I left myself open for that...
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:47 PM   #22
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25 / 75 is 25% road / 75% dirt or 25% dirt / 75% road ?
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:22 AM   #23
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Makes sense. Thanks ChiTown.
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